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Louis's story

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Louis Rodrigues was born at Darent Valley Hospital in Kent in 2004 where he suffered a catastrophic brain injury at birth.  His mother was admitted to hospital for an induction of labour when her pregnancy became overdue.  The obstetric team missed signs indicating that the mother's uterus was on the verge of rupturing, and that the baby was in distress.   Sadly, Louis was born in an extremely poor condition and required resuscitation. He was on a ventilator for 24 hours before he took his first breath by himself. Louis is now very seriously disabled.  He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a direct result of the brain injury he sustained during his birth.  His care needs are very high as he is gastrostomy-fed (ie through a surgically inserted tube), has developmental delay and epilepsy.

An early very substantial payment was awarded by the Court to enable the family to move into suitable accommodation but the meticulous work involved in assessing how much it costs to care properly for a brain injured child and meet his needs for the rest of his life was started in July 2010 when Louis was six. After seeking extensive expert reports in neurology, psychology, assistive technology, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, accommodation, care and occupational therapy clinical negligence partner Russell Levy was able to build a picture of what life is like for a severely brain injured child and his family, and to identify his medical, care and therapeutic needs and to estimate how much it would cost to provide for these needs for the rest of the child’s life.  The final settlement which Russell obtained allowed Louis’ parents to buy a properly adapted property and disability vehicle.  He will also receive annual sums for the rest of his life so that his family can employ carers, buy equipment, and meet his day-to-day expenses which are much more expensive than those of a child who has not been injured.

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